Michael E. Smith

Nov 8, 2011 - Nov 27, 2011

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Michael E. Smith, installation view at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, November 8-27, 2011.

Michael E. Smith, Untitled, 2010. Sweatshirt, polyester resin, 5 1/2 x 21 1/2 x 6 3/4 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Clifton Benevento, New York. Photo: Thomas Mueller.

Michael E. Smith, Untitled, 2010. Plastic, animal snouts, 3/4 x 24 x 12 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Clifton Benevento, New York. Photo: Thomas Mueller.

Michael E. Smith, Untitled, 2010. Urethane plastic, welding jacket, 10 x 5 1/2 x 5 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Clifton Benevento, New York. Photo: Thomas Mueller.

Michael E. Smith installation view at Clifton Benevento, New York, September 12 - October 17, 2010.

Michael E. Smith, installation view at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, November 8-27, 2011.Michael E. Smith, Untitled, 2010. Sweatshirt, polyester resin, 5 1/2 x 21 1/2 x 6 3/4 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Clifton Benevento, New York. Photo: Thomas Mueller.Michael E. Smith, Untitled, 2010. Plastic, animal snouts, 3/4 x 24 x 12 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Clifton Benevento, New York. Photo: Thomas Mueller.Michael E. Smith, Untitled, 2010. Urethane plastic, welding jacket, 10 x 5 1/2 x 5 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Clifton Benevento, New York. Photo: Thomas Mueller.Michael E. Smith installation view at Clifton Benevento, New York, September 12 - October 17, 2010.

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MICHAEL E. SMITH

Michael E. Smith (born 1977) is an emerging Detroit-based artist who frequently uses everyday and industrial materials that are drastically transformed to dislocate them from their recognizable function and form. In mlkw/blkvelcro (2010), for example, Smith separates two altered milk jugs by a rough swath of Velcro – one cut in half, the other filled with industrial foam degraded and turned yellow over time. These and other works not only become visually arresting objects but also suggest how natural processes can change and mutate man-made structures.

Smith’s work has been presented in a solo exhibition at the Mönchehaus Museum fur Moderne Kunst, Goslar, Germany (2011), and in numerous solo and group exhibitions in galleries internationally. This will be Smith’s first solo presentation in an American museum. Smith will travel from Detroit to create his Front Room project onsite. 

Michael E. Smith is curated by CAM Chief Curator Dominic Molon.

Sponsors

Major exhibition support is provided by Jeanne and Rex Sinquefield; William E. Weiss Foundation; and Nancy Reynolds and Dwyer Brown. General operating support is provided by Whitaker Foundation; Missouri Arts Council, a state agency; Missouri Cultural Trust; Regional Arts Commission; Bank of America Charitable Foundation; The Trio Foundation of St. Louis; Arts and Education Council; and members of the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis.